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Saturday, March 15, 2008

03/14/08 - Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati Recovering from Cancer Surgery

Joe ScarnatiIf you've been thinking you haven't heard a lot from Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati lately, you're not imagining things. Scarnati is recovering from surgery he had last week to remove a cancerous thyroid gland. Doctors told him they got all of it. His mother had the same kind of cancer 11 years ago and recovered completely. The cancer was discovered during a routine physical. Scarnati says he feels lucky and blessed – but tired. He took personal leave from the Senate this week, but expects to be back in Harrisburg next week.

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03/14/08 - Kanefest Cancelled for This Year
Kanefest has been cancelled for this year. The festival planning committee says that due to many unforeseen economic circumstances it's not financially feasible to go ahead with the festival. The committee also said that due to recent negative publicity, there have been several lost sponsorship opportunities, adding to the financial problems. The committee had decided that a beer tent could be set up at the festival, but local clergy opposed that idea. A public forum is scheduled for April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kane Area Community Center to discuss new ideas for a community festival.

03/14/08 - Alleged Bank Robber Didn't Plan Well
A Tioga County man is accused of an attempted bank robbery — and if poor planning were a crime, he'd probably be charged with that, too. Police say a man arrived at the Citizens and Northern Bank in the borough of Liberty on Thursday and waited in his car for about 20 minutes. Shortly after noon, he tried to enter the bank wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle. But the bank's Liberty branch closes at noon on Thursdays. The man fled the scene, but bank employees took note of his license plate number. A 28-year-old suspect is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

03/14/08 - Minister Waives Hearing on Sex Charges
A Methodist minister accused of engaging in sexually explicit conversations over the Internet faces trial on four felony charges. 39-year-old Steven McGuigan of Conneautville, waived his preliminary hearing on charges that he had sexually explicit conversations in an Internet chat room with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The person turned out to be an agent with the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit. United Methodist Church leaders removed McGuigan from his pastoral duties after his arrest. A church official says McGuigan's future with the church will be determined once the criminal investigation is completed and the church wraps up its own investigation. McGuigan is in the Crawford County Correctional Facility on 35 thousand dollars bond.

03/14/08 - Kartesz Business Partner Sentenced
Erie businessman Robert Dodsworth has been sentenced to six years and four months in federal prison for his role in a widespread mortgage-fraud scheme. Dodsworth pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in November. He is among five people charged by the federal government in relation to the mortgage fraud case, which the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and other agencies have been investigating since 2004.
The government claims that Dodsworth and others, including former Bradford landlord Frank Kartesz, bought run-down houses in Erie and sold them at artificially inflated prices. The buyers were mostly low-income people who knew little about how to buy a home. Kartesz has not appeared in court yet.

03/14/08 - Cops: Man Stabs Mom, Reads Bible to Her
State police say a Clearfield County man beat and stabbed his mother over a stolen computer and read the Bible to her as he watched her die. Twenty-year-old Jesse James Campbell of Houtzdale is in the county jail without bond on criminal homicide and other charges. Police say relatives found the body of his mother, 48-year-old Cindy Jo Coleman, at her home on Thursday. After hitting his mother with a five-pound plastic weight, police say Campbell cut her throat with a steak knife then read the Bible to her as he listened to her choking on her own blood.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

John Grisham

I just talked to one of my favorite authors -- John Grisham. Yes, that John Grisham. The interview will be on WESB's LiveLine on Tuesday.

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03/11/08 - Shopping Cart Ordinance to be 'Tweaked'
Grocery store managers agree that there's a problem with abandoned shopping carts in the city, but they also think more work has to be done an a proposed city ordinance aimed at curbing the problem. Mayor Tom Riel says the purpose of the ordinance is to make people more responsible and help to clean up the city. Businessman Fred Pysher says the right people -- those who steal the carts -- need to be held responsible. The ordinance passed 3 to 2 on first reading during Tuesday's City Council meeting, but council members and store owners will meet to tweak the ordinance before it's brought up on second reading April 8.

03/11/08 - Bradford City Council Meets
Work is expected to start next month on the last project included in the Impact Bradford plan that received millions of dollars in state grant money. The project includes paving, curbing, planting, lighting and other improvements and will be Boylston Street from Mechanic to Davis Street and Kennedy Street from Forman Street to Main Street. Bob Cummins Construction will work on the 1 point 4 million dollar Streetscape Project.

The old Sixth Ward School building on South Kendall Avenue is one step closer to coming down. Council has exonerated former owner, Robert Dalvin from paying real estate taxes, which takes one more roadblock out of the way of contractor Nick Cummins, who plans on tearing the building down and putting up high-end apartments.

03/12/08 - Spitzer Resigns; Paterson to Take Over
If you missed this, you've been living under a rock.
Eliot SpitzerGovernor Eliot Spitzer has resigned and, at the request of Lt. Governor David Paterson, the resignation becomes effective March 17. Paterson, 53, and legally blind, will become New York's first black governor. During his announcement late this morning, Spitzer said “I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people’s work." The scandal erupted Monday when allegations surfaced that Spitzer, a 48-year-old married man with three teenage daughters, spent thousands of dollars on a call girl named Kristen at a swanky Washington hotel on the night before Valentine’s Day.

03/12/08 - Rendell Reacts to Spitzer Scandal
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he's shocked at the allegations against New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Rendell told the Radio Pennsylvania Network that if anyone had told him that a governor would get caught up in a call-girl scandal, Spitzer would have been his "50th pick out of 50 governors." Rendell says "you never know what lurks in a person's personal life." But He also calls Spitzer one of the most talented public servants he knows. He asks the public to wait till all the facts are known before rushing to judgment.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Buzz Week in Review

Sorority Sisters Start Scholarship

Alissa Cameron
The sorority sisters of Alissa Ann Cameron, a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford student who died in January as the result of an accident late last year, are working to establish a scholarship in her memory. Lambda Xi president Amy McCoys says the sorority wanted to do something in memory of Alissa and a scholarship seemed perfect.
A sophomore at Pitt-Bradford, Cameron majored in the athletic training program. In addition to being a member of Lambda Xi, she also participated in the Bradford City Softball League and volunteered in many community service programs. In order to permanently endow the scholarship, the sorority has committed to raising $10,000. The sorority should be up to the challenge, having raised $2,700 to benefit the Cameron family with a spaghetti dinner held last month on campus. To make a contribution to the scholarship fund, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Institutional Advancement.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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03/07/08 - Man Jailed on Child Porn, Assault Charges
A Genesee man is jail on multiple charges of statuary sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old female in the summer of 2006. 22-year-old Christopher Inzana has also been charged with sexual abuse of children after police found child pornography on his computer. He also allegedly downloaded child porn onto the computer at the Genesee Fire Department, where he was secretary/treasurer. Police say his computers are being searched for additional child pornography, so they don't have an exact count yet has to how many files he allegedly had. Inzana is in Potter County jail on 75 thousand dollars bail for the sexual assault charges and 65 thousand dollars for the child porn charges.

03/10/08 - Man Pleads Guilty for Pot-Growing Op
A Titusville man has pleaded guilty in connection to what authorities say is one of the largest marijuana-growing operations in state history. 54-year-old James Keyes was arrested in June for conspiring with 5 other people to manufacturer, posses and distribute more that 1,000 marijuana plants. Investigators say they found 1,183 full-grown marijuana plants throughout eastern Crawford County in August 2006. Keyes faces life imprisonment at his sentencing Aug. 4.

03/07/08 - Drake Well Gets Money for Makeover
The state is giving the Drake Well Museum in Titusville $6 million to get a complete makeover ahead of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the oil industry.
The anniversary celebrations will be held in August 2009. The state-owned museum is central to those events. Drake Well has not been renovated since the 1960s. The funding was initially promised in 2005, but the state has only fully allocated it this week. The museum is a commemoration of Col. Edwin Drake's successful oil well on Aug. 27, 1859. Drake's well began an international quest for petroleum.
The museum is home to a wide collection of items that reflect the region's claim to being the birthplace of the oil industry.

03/10/08 - Gipson Pleads Guilty to 1996 Murder
Donald Gipson has changed his plea to guilty in the 1996 murder of 81-year-old Louis Jones of Buffalo. Gipson, the half-brother of Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday afternoon in Warren County Court. Jones' body was found in a wrecked car in Warren County. At the time Gipson told police they were car-jacked. An autopsy later showed that Jones died of a stab wound to the heart.State police began a cold-case investigation into the murder in October.

03/10/08 - Gingerich Faces Trial on Gun Charges
Edward Gingerich will face trial on a charge he illegally possessed a firearm while hunting last fall. State police charged Gingerich in early February after learning he went deer hunting Nov. 26. Gingerich has been barred from using or possessing a weapon since 1994, when he was found guilty but mentally ill of involuntary manslaughter in the 1993 murder of his wife. Last spring he took his daughter from her grandparents' home without permission. They were found 4 days later in Kushequa.
Gingerich is free on $100,000 bond. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the gun charge.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

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Quinn to Receive Red Feather Award

Mary Ann QuinnLong-time United Way supporter, Mary Ann Quinn has been selected to receive the 2008 Red Feather Volunteer Appreciation Award, designed to honor outstanding efforts by a community member to the organization.
“Mary Ann has been a member of our Board of Directors for eight years,” says Assistant Director Mandi Wilton Davis, “but her talents and dedication to the United Way exceed that position, both personally and professionally.” Quinn has three times served as vice-chair of the annual appeal, has continually organized various divisions of the campaign, served as Board Secretary for six years and also headed the Personnel Committee for six years. She, too, has coordinated work-place campaigns and has been an integral part of the Special Events committee for several years. And, she and her husband, Scott, are annual contributors. “I feel very blessed and more honored than anyone will ever know to even be considered for this distinction,” says Quinn. Quinn, the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Candelora, was born and raised in Bradford. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 at 8:00 in the University Room at Pitt-Bradford. It is free and open to the public. Reservations may be made until April 21, and can be done online at

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03/07/08 - Third Person Arrested in Jimerson Death
A third man has been arrested on a charge connected to the shooting of a Salamanca man last year at his girlfriend’s home. 24-year-old Keith Hennard of Fillmore has been charged with making a punishable false written statement to police during the investigation into the shooting death of Tharin Jimerson. On Monday, 27-year-old Robert Secrist was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for for shooting Jimerson in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle fired through the window of Krista Brown’s home. Secrist and Brown are the parents of two children, and Jimerson was Brown’s boyfriend. After the shooting Secrist, Hennard and 50-year-old Thomas Burrows of Fillmore, attempted to leave in Burrows’ van but were stopped by police, according to authorities. Burrows has been charged with conspiracy and making a false statement.

03/07/08 - Special Olympics Invitational Swim Meet
Mike Walter
More than 100 special athletes from McKean, Warren, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool Friday for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational.
The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Six swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 5-7.
Gold medal winners were:

15yd Walk: Elizabeth Meyerink, Kim Langworthy, Zack Asti, Leroy Phelps, Cody Pellerito, Kyle Fortman
10yd Assisted: Terika Schleicher, Taylor Dunkle, Zach Asti, Zach Frontera, Marty Cline
15yd Unassisted: Janet Pressler, Taylor Dunkle, Amber Jordan, Bruce Thomas, Ron Decker, Kyle Thompson, George Burton
15yd Adapted: Tina Whitford, Dylan Lobdell
15yd Float: Sherry Simons, Stephanie Soliwoda, Bethany Rettger, Adam Pierce, Kyle Fortman, George Burton, Ron Decker
25yd Float: Stephanie Heffner, Taylor Dunkle, Leroy Phelps, George Burton
25yd Freestyle: Taisha Thomas, Rachel Russell, Sharon Petitt, Renee Snyder, Amber Szarowicz, Morgan Nelson, Samantha Schutz, Joe Sostakowski, Austin Norman, Matt Kronenwetter, Gary Stewart, Charles Meyerink, John Ruby
50yd Freestyle: Samantha Schutz, Katie Glasgow, Renee Snyder, Charles Meyerink, Juan Pino, Joe Sostakowski
25yd Backstroke: Katie Glasgow, Rachel Russell, Morgan Nelson, Tiffany Gardner, Michael Markovich, Jon Holland, Chris Gage, Joe Sostakowski, Charles Meyerink
50yd Backstroke: Jon Holland, Morgan Nelson, Rachel Russell, Linda Laborde

25yd Breaststroke: Tiffany Gardner
(Pictured, Mike Walter showing off his 3 silver medals before heading to State College for the Owls playoff game.)